Adult Basic Obedience

group manners dog training class

It’s never too late or too early to learn basic manners. If you’re after a dog who comes when called, walks politely by your side, stays where asked, and sits to say hello to family members, guests, and strangers, Basic Obedience class is the perfect fit. Using clickers and an innovative approach we call Tranquil Training, we’ll turn your unruly, seemingly hearing-impaired pooch into a calm, focused, responsive companion.

Class covers attention, sit, down, stay, come when called, loose-leash walking, and polite greetings.

TUITION & CLASS DETAILS

For all dogs 6 months and older

Prerequisites:

Current vaccination certificate

Class tuition:

$325 for 7 weeks of class
($300 for Puppy Kindergarten graduates)
Please plan to attend all classes. Make-ups are not available.

Intermediate Obedience

group manners dog training class

Take the results from Basic Obedience class to the next level, focusing on responsiveness and reliable good manners in public spaces. If you enjoy taking your dog with you while you run errands, visit friends, or exercise in the park—or you’d like to enjoy doing so—Intermediate Obedience is a must. And if your dog is more of a homebody you’ll benefit from the focus on responding to cues regardless of distraction.

Class covers attention, sit, down, stay, come when called, loose-leash walking, leave it, and polite greetings.

TUITION & CLASS DETAILS

For all dogs 6 months and older

Prerequisites:

Basic Obedience class. (We apologize, but PETCO and PetSmart classes do not satisfy this requirement. If you’ve attended one of these programs we highly recommend our Basic Obedience class to set your dog up for the best success in Intermediate class.)

Class tuition:

$300 for 7 weeks of class

Rally Obedience

group dog training class for heeling skills

Rally is a fun obedience sport with live competitions, where you and your dog heel through a course of 10 to 20 signs that direct you to do a variety of obedience activities. Don’t care about competition? No problem! Rally Obedience practices all the same skills you want when you take your dog out in public. You will practice specific skills like heeling, fronts, finishes, and stays as well as  reduced reliance on food rewards and advanced attention around distractions.

There is a wealth of advanced material to cover, so every 7 week session is a little different. Your personal goals can influence the course of the class.

TUITION & CLASS DETAILS
Prerequisites:

WOOFS! Intermediate Obedience class or instructor permission. Your dog must be responsive and able to focus on you in close proximity to other working teams.

Class tuition:

$250 for 7 weeks of class

Canine Good Citizen

group dog training class for public manners

Learn and practice the elements of the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Test. The test includes skills like friendly greeting of strangers, sitting politely to be pet, walking nicely on leash through a crowd, and advanced stays and recalls, and passing the CGC test comes with excellent bragging rights. It also carries privileges—many landlords require a CGC certificate for renting, and some workplaces will allow dogs with a CGC to accompany their people to work.

TUITION & CLASS DETAILS
Prerequisites:

WOOFS! Intermediate Obedience class or instructor permission. Your dog must be responsive and able to focus on you in close proximity to the distraction of new dogs and people.

Class tuition:

$275 for 7 weeks of class and one CGC exam administration

Canine Good Citizen - Just the Test

AKC evaluation for canine good citizen

Sign up to take the Canine Good Citizen Test with one of our AKC CGC Evaluators.

This option is appropriate if you and your dog may be ready for the test without taking the class (no class is required in order to take the test), or if your dog was not yet ready for the test at the time of your class.

Prerequisites:

None.
You may be more successful if you take class first,
but no class is required to take the test.

Class tuition:

$15 (You receive one free test when you sign up for Canine Good Citizen class, above.)

Tricks Training

group dog training class for advanced skills

A fun way to improve your dog’s focus and responsiveness and improve your own training skills, Tricks class is a blast for dog and human alike. You’ll learn various training techniques to apply to all manner of friend-and-family-impressing tricks like shake and high-five, spin and roll over, sit pretty and play dead, and advanced show-stoppers like put your toys away.

For extra bragging rights, your dog may be ready to earn a Novice Trick Dog title by the completion of class.

TUITION & CLASS DETAILS
Prerequisites:

WOOFS! Intermediate Obedience class or instructor permission. Your dog must be responsive and able to focus on you in close proximity to the distraction of new dogs and people.

Class tuition:

$250 for 7 weeks of class

Nosework

group dog training class

Your dog will learn to use his natural scenting abilities to find hidden treats or objects and lead you to them. You won’t believe how fun it is to watch your dog’s light bulb come on in this low-impact sport designed for high-level mental stimulation.

Level 1 – Intro to Nosework: Learn how to “see” what your dog is smelling as your dog learns foundation search skills.

Level 2 – Into to Odor: Introduce your dog to one of the key Nosework scents used in competition, birch and begin to increase search difficulty.

Level 3 – Continuing Nosework: Tackle more difficult searches while your dog works two new scents, anise and clove, and introduce the skills needed to compete in this sport.

Level 4 – Travel Class: Get competition ready by taking your skills on the road.  In this 3-class series, we meet in various locations in the Northern Virginia area and focus on developing specific Nosework skills each week.

TUITION & CLASS DETAILS

For all dogs from 4 month old pups to seniors

Prerequisites:

Your dog must be able to crate quietly
in a portable crate you bring to class.

Classes must be completed in order:
you and your dog must successfully complete
each level before proceeding to the next class
(or permission from instructor).

Class tuition:

Standard Nosework Classes:
$250 for 7 weeks of class

Travel Class:
$100 for 3 weeks of class

Why train at WOOFS!

Experienced, professional dog trainers

We don’t just love dogs—we understand how they tick. Our instructors are highly certified dog trainers with many years’ experience and a commitment to ongoing education in our field.

Skilled classroom instructors

We’re also committed to good teaching, employing active classroom instructional and management strategies to ensure a fun, effective experience for all canine and human students.

Science-based, dog- and people-friendly methods

In an unregulated industry we use only the most up-to-date, humane, dog- and human-friendly training methods to ensure a good time is had by all while achieving excellent performance results.

Real-life results

Speaking of results, what good are they in the classroom if you can’t replicate them at home and out in the world? Our curriculum sets you up to enjoy a well-behaved dog in every day real life.